Stats on Poverty: There are many reasons why I love this video

23 08 2013

If you haven’t checked out TED before, it’s a website full of short talks about all sorts of topics by all sorts of people, from a blind pianist, to mental health, there’s some great stuff on there – check it out!
Here’s one that I discovered today and is completely fantastic:

Reasons I love it

  • It is choc-a-block full of data and statistics with proper deep meaning
  • There are colourful graphs that move and show 4 dimensions of data in one go
  • The speaker commentates on the moving graph as if it’s a sport
  • There is a mass of information about the changes in world poverty over the last 40 years in all sorts of aspects
  • The man’s passion to make data more accessible to all by providing a link to make it more visual and less dull
  • The guy reminds me so much of one of my maths lecturers from uni with his accent and enthusiasm!

Definitely worth a watch!





Just a Minute – Wess Stafford

20 06 2013

We were given copies of this book at work when it was published, but unfortunately at that point I wasn’t reading much at all and it just went on my bookshelf. But when I was looking for my next book to read, I put a couple of options I had out on twitter and had a reply from Mr Wess Stafford himself! After that I didn’t really have an excuse to read anything else 🙂

Wess has been the President of Compassion International for a long time and is just in the process of retiring and handing over to his successor. He’s a great man and brilliant speaker, his first book was called Too Small To Ignore and is his story of his childhood in an African village, and how we must invest in children.

Just a minute carries on his theme of caring for those children around us. It’s a whole load of short stories of different people’s “minutes” that changed and influenced their lives, something someone said or did that affected them. Most are uplifting positive stories which inspire us to do the same, but be warned, there’s a handful that show how damaging a minute can be – Hitler’s childhood actually gets a mention….

I found this book challenging and motivating to really think about how I treat and talk to the children I know and come across regularly, how is a passing comment I make going to potentially affect them long term?

A great read, and not a tricky one either, just pick a story or two in one sitting if necessary!

just a minute